The State of Victoria has a strong tradition of excellence in multimedia development. Our reputation for pushing the boundaries in the high- tech industry has resulted in the development of landmark technologies, including world leading animation techniques, and e-commerce and internet developments.
Our strength in the technology is a direct result of Victoria's strong education system. For example, Victoria is home to more computer science graduates than any other Australian state.
The Victorian Government is a strong supporter of innovation and technical excellence. We recognise that if our State is to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the new economy, we must continue to provide world-class graduates to support the industry's growth.
The State Government's support for technology- based industries extends beyond our education system. We have allocated $310 million over 5 years to boost science, technology and innovation in Victoria.
This State's success in information and communications technology is built on a commitment to research and development. Victoria is home to more than 40% of Australia's most innovative companies, including the largest private ICT spender on R&D - Ericsson - and the largest public ICT spender - Telstra.
Our commitment to educational excellence and innovation is helping Victoria build on one of its core strengths - a highly skilled workforce.
The State Government is also working to deliver the benefits of technology to all Victorians through our Connecting Victoria policy. This policy provides a framework for getting more Victorians using the internet, more businesses embracing e-commerce and providing encouragement for Victorian companies to continually push the boundaries of new technologies.
This Guide to Current Research in Victorian Universities - Multimedia demonstrates that Victorian universities are rising to the challenges posed by the growth of the information economy and multimedia, and indicates that this State is in a great position to build on its reputation as the knowledge capital of the knowledge nation.
||John Brumby MP|
Minister for State and Regional Development